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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945.
My rise and fall.
New York : Da Capo Press, 1998
|Named Person:||Benito Mussolini|
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|Notes:||Vol. 1 originally published: My autobiography. New York, 1928; v. 2 originally published: The fall of Mussolini : his own story. New York, 1948.
Vol. 2 translation of Il Tempo del bastone e della carota.
|Description:||2 v. in 1 (xxx, xv, 318, 212 p.) ill., map ; 21 cm.|
|Responsibility:||by Benito Mussolini ; foreword to Volume I by Richard Washburn Child ; Volume II edited, with a preface, by Max Ascoli ; new introduction by Richard Lamb.|
The second volume (published in English in 1948 as The Fall of Mussolini) was written during the brief period between his rescue by the Germans in September 1943 and his execution by Italian partisans in April 1945. The Duce retreats to the safe (but psychologically revealing) distance of the third person in describing his last year in power and the coup d'etat that deposed him.
My Rise and Fall allows readers to view the dictator from two unique vantage points: Il Duce, eyes on the horizon, chin thrust forward, as he nears his political zenith; and Mussolini at his nadir, a desperate, powerless, sawdust Caesar, soon to be shot and hanged, head down, for all to scorn.